Winner collection put up for sale

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Paintings, antiques and a Spitting Image puppet belonging to film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner will be sold at auction later this month.

A collection of more than 100 items from the collection of Mr Winner, who died last year aged 77, will be sold by Sothebys.


They include framed photographs of himself estimated to fetch several hundred pounds, his Spitting Image puppet which is valued at £150 and Georgian and Regency furniture from his London home.

Other items for sale include a marble bust of politician and founder of the modern-day police force Sir Robert Peel valued at £8,000 and a mahogany commode expected to fetch £3,000.

Mr Winner, who made more than 30 films including the blockbuster Death Wish series, worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood including Marlon Brando, Robert Mitchum and Faye Dunaway.

He later reinvented himself as a restaurant critic, writing about food in his typically flamboyant style in his Winner's Dinners column for the Sunday Times.

Winner, whose appearance in adverts for motor insurance coined the catchphrase "Calm down dear, it's a commercial", also founded and funded the Police Memorial Trust following the murder of WPc Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984.